Featured Pastel Artist: Alan Flattmann

Alan Flattmann was born in New Orleans and attended the John McCrady Art School there. Alan is an exceptional artist whose work is filled with the rich imagery of the world as he sees it. For me he is one of the greatest living pastel artists. With a keen sense of history and place, he has traveled the world with his pastels, ready to let the continuity of time, tradition, and landscape speak to his imagination. Though he has gained a considerable following for his paintings of Caribbian and Mediteranian landscapes and people, Flattmann always returns home to his native New Orleans and the French Quarter for renewed inspiration. His Franch Quarter Impressions reveal the artist’s continuing love affair with a place that has tempered his work and his view of the world.
In 2006, the PSA honored Alan’s outstanding art by inducting him into the PSA Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the IAPS Master Circle Award and is the founder and current president of the Degas Pastel Society.
His work is the subject of three books, Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions (2002), The Art of Pastel Painting (1987-92) and The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann (1980). Check the preview of these Alan’s books. His work has also been featured in many major art publications and the latest I found is the cover page of the Best of America Pastel Artists Vol II. To see more of Alan’s work visit Bryant Gallery Website.

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  1. Alan is not only a phenomenal artist (I’m the proud owner of Gabriel’s Horn, the top, right hand corner of the collage), but he is so giving of his time and knowledge.

    The Degas Pastel Society had a “Paint Out” last week near New Orleans, open to all artists regardless of medium. As he did last year, Alan performed a demo for all in attendance – this time a mini-workshop on underpainting with oils – and introduced pastels to yet another group of artists. He really is passionate about the medium and about “spreading the word”.

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